The Urgency of Now

This day, this year, this life
Let me live
In the exquisite urgency of Now

Grant me the strength to let go
Of the past
For the past is a ghostly shroud
That can haunt my nights
And cloud my days
Distracting from the urgency of Now

Grant me the wisdom to let go
Of the future
For the future is a diaphanous dream
That can transfix my gaze
And disorient my feet
Diverting from the urgency of Now

Grant me the will to wake up
To the truth
That Now is all there really is
That the greatest gift of all
To myself and to others
Is to be present in the urgency of Now

As for the who, the what, the where
And the why
As for the answers to the eternal questions
That are born of Now
And demand a reply
Let these give me wings in the urgency of Now

As for the road, the rhyme, the reason
Of my time
As for the highs, the lows, the journey
That marks my passage
And fades to dust
Let these be for love in the urgency of Now

As for the pain, the loss, the dark
Of this life
As for the joy, the gain, the light
That gives me courage
And feeds my hope
Let these steel my faith in the urgency of Now

This life, this year, this day
Let me love
In the eternal urgency of Now

Wayne Visser © 2017


Seize the Day: Favourite Inspirational Poems

This creative collection, now in its 3rd edition, brings together favourite inspirational poems by Wayne Visser. The anthology takes us on a journey through the peaks and troughs of life, celebrating the indomitable human spirit.. It includes many old favourites like “Poets Must Be” and “Chasing the Blue”, as well as brand new poems like “The Writer” and “Making Ripples”. Sages through the ages wisely say: / Carpe Diem – seize the dawning day / Oh, would that I could assuage that thirst / But the day conspires to seize me first! / With the hurry and scurry / Of home’s frantic flurry / And the hustle and bustle / Of work’s tangled tussle. Buy the paper book / Buy the e-book.